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Webinar series

Children’s Rights in Palestine, Touching base on Palestinian Child’s Day

Defence for Children International (DCI) launched a series of webinars on 5th April 2024, International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian Child, to raise awareness about the rights of Palestinian children.

The subsequent webinars are scheduled for 8th May, 17th May, 31st May and one more on 2nd July with a hybrid meeting near Geneva on 2nd May, coinciding with the Annual Rafto Prize meeting of laureates. DCI-Palestine is the 2023 Rafto Prize Laureate.

The webinars bring together a range of high-level expert Palestinian and international speakers to discuss how best to support Palestinian children, meet their immediate needs, start healing the harms caused, provide pathways to a sense of justice and accountability, and ensure their rights are respected and implemented.

2nd July 2024, 14:00 – 16:00 CEST

Panellists:

 

Moderator: Bethany Ellis, Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict

 

  • Giovanni Di Girolamo, Head of the Middle East and North Africa Unit, Commission’s Directorate-General for European Humanitarian and Civil Protection Operations (ECHO)
  • Rana Nashashibi, Director of the Palestinian Counselling Centre
  • Francesca Albanese, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967
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Action points:

  1. Immediate Ceasefire: Call for an immediate ceasefire to halt the violence and protect civilians.
  2. Humanitarian Access: Ensure safe and unrestricted humanitarian access to and within Gaza to reach affected populations, including opening all access crossings.
  3. Safe Movement: Guarantee the safe movement of humanitarian workers and supplies to support aid delivery.
  4. Protect Civilian Infrastructure: Respect and protect civilian infrastructure, such as shelters, schools, health facilities, and utilities, to prevent loss of life, disease outbreaks, and ensure care for the sick and wounded.
  5. Respect International Law: Urge all parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law to safeguard civilian lives and property.
  6. Medical Access: Allow urgent medical cases to safely access critical health services or be evacuated, ensuring that children evacuated for medical reasons are accompanied by family members.
  7. Family-Based Care: Promote family-based care options for children deprived of parental care, avoiding excessive institutionalisation.
  8. Support for HRDs: Provide protection and support for Palestinian human rights defenders and NGOs documenting the situation, recognising their essential role despite crackdowns.
  9. Accountability and Justice: Press for accountability by urging the ICC to issue arrest warrants and for countries with universal jurisdiction to ensure justice is served for violations committed during the conflict.
Read full summary here

Pre-sessional working group of the CRC to consider 5th periodic review of France, DCI-France submits joint alternative report

The pre-sessional working group of the Committee on the Rights of the Child will consider the fifth periodic report of France on Monday 8 June 2015 in Geneva, in anticipation of its presentation at the 71st session of the Committee in January 2016.

Defence for Children International-France was involved in the production of an alternative report on the state of the rights of the child in France between 2009 and 2014, which has been submitted to the Committee earlier this year.

The alternative report is the result of the AEDE – Acting Together for the Rights of the Child – project, initiated in 2013 by DCI-France in coordination with Solidarité Laïque. The AEDE project reunites 56 organizations that are active players in the promotion and protection of the rights of children. In addition to producing an alternative report, the AEDE project has aimed at reactivating a long-abandoned dialogue between the authorities and the civil society for a better respect of the rights of the child in France.

To read the fifth periodic report of France, click here.

AEDE’s alternative report in French is available for download on the website of Erès editions.

To read the summary of AEDE’s alternative report in English, click here.

Download AEDE’s flyer to know more about their upcoming activities (2013-2016)

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